I decided that with the recent election coming our way next week, I would blog about this topic that I find to be unbelievable interesting. As this article shows, the limited voting that is put into place by convicted felons could be a big swing vote for the election. What startles me the most, is looking back at the Bush v. Gore election in 2000. The article states, "Florida's laws preventing convicted felons from voting meant that some 750,000 people, including those still in prison, on probation or parole, didn't get a say in who would be president. Since the election was decided by 537 votes, Abramsky estimates that if just 1% of the disenfranchised felon population had voted, 60% to 40% for Al Gore over George W. Bush, Gore would have won." A professor in the Sociology department here, Chris Uggen has been doing research on this topic for a very long time. And according to his research, the fact that in some states felons can't vote could definitely be missing a majority of votes in America. I find this to be amazing and at the same time concerning. Should we let convicted felons vote? Do they have the right to speak out for the country that they live in, despite their criminal record? This is something that can long be debated and looked at. Interesting stuff I must say.